Release - August 9, 2002
Office of the Commissioner of Probation
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9 , 2002
Holland, Director of Communications
OFFICERS TEAM UP WITH
LOCAL POLICE ON BIKE PATROL
District Court Probation Officers team up with local police in Lynn
each week as part of a special bike patrol unit that gives them
greater access to the probationers they monitor and the communities
Officers Donald Castle and Martin Cooke are the key bicyclists in
the unit. They generally team up with police officers as well as
bike officers in the communities Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and
Swampscott. Castle and Cooke cover in excess of 50 miles on each
of the two days they are on the bike patrol.
was really surprised by the number of people we bump into while
we are on our bikes. We often catch them (probationers) off-guard.
You can see the shock on their faces. The bike patrol is a great
tool in crime prevention. We are able to navigate areas we wouldn’t
be about to if we were in our cars,” said Cooke.
District Court Chief Probation Officer Donald January is pleased
with this probation/police partnership. “The bike patrol is a win-win
situation for probationer, police and the community. The probation
officers know the offenders. Police provide the needed re-enforcement.
Sheriff Cousins supplied us with police radios. Our partnership
helps us better protect residents,” January said.
Officers at Lawrence District and Essex Juvenile courts were among
the first in the country to establish a bike patrol during the summer
of 1999. The bikes were provided by the Lynn Police Department and
made possible by a $5,000 federal Community Policing grant.
are promoting visibility. Offenders never know when we are going
to ride up on them,” Cooke said.